But the future pope also noted that any decision to defrock Kiesle must take into account the "good of the universal church" and the "detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke within the community of Christ's faithful, particularly considering the young age." Kiesle was 38 at the time.I have a Catholic friend, more conservative than me, but who recognizes how bad things are getting. Still, since he believes all media outside of Fox News represent a liberal conspiracy against all he holds dear, including the Church, he admires the Church's seeming imperviousness to media criticism. He exults at how ridiculous any idea that the Pope will step down. He says, "It will NEVER happen, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, etc." I have to say, I can't easily conceive of the Pope "resigning." I'm not even sure what that means, it sounds so strange.
But things are truly getting out of hand. We are clearly in Watergate territory now where it is impossible to contain the damage. And every dismissive response from the Vatican simply fans the flames.
I would say to my friend, never say never.